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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is reportedly shocked over the backlash to his government’s killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. In a recent phone call with U.S. President … Read More

Why the Heroin Trade Helped Defeat the US in Afghanistan

America’s Opium War in Afghanistan. By Alfred W. McCoy In October 2001, the U.S. launched its invasion of Afghanistan largely through proxy Afghan fighters with the help of Special Operations … Read More

Embracing the Enemies We Know in Afghanistan

Despite mutual distrust, Washington must include both the Taliban and the Haqqani Network in negotiations to achieve peace in Afghanistan. By Fahd Humayun Last November, the Pentagon announced that the … Read More

Rivalry of Saudi Iran threatens to expand in the region

On Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that “divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians” for “the unjustly spilled blood” of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, executed by the … Read More

The timing of the Kandahar attacks

By Shamil Shams  “The color of the red carpet in Islamabad actually represented the blood of innocent Afghans,” Rahmatullan Nabil, the former head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), … Read More

The Next War or the Last War in South Asia?

By Michael Krepon Two fundamentally different nuclear futures are conceivable on the subcontinent. One is surprisingly pacific, even without conflict resolution between India and Pakistan. The other is deeply tragic … Read More